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Case Name Hill v. Hutto JC-VA-0007
Docket / Court 81-944 ( E.D. Va. )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
Between December 7, 1981, and December 9, 1981, fourteen state prisoners at the Richmond City Jail filed identical pro se lawsuits under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Virginia Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. On December 10, 1981, these ... read more >
Between December 7, 1981, and December 9, 1981, fourteen state prisoners at the Richmond City Jail filed identical pro se lawsuits under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Virginia Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. On December 10, 1981, these cases were consolidated. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had violated their constitutional rights by holding them in a facility where they did not receive the same programs and rehabilitative opportunities that are available to prisoners in state institutions.

On May 3, 1982, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Judge Richard Williams) held that the equal protection clause prohibited arbitrary differences between the treatment given to state prisoners held more than ninety days after sentencing in local jails and treatment accorded similarly situated inmates in state facilities. Hill v. Hutto, 537 F.Supp. 1185 (E.D.Va. 1982). We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 06/14/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Counseling
Education
Recreation / Exercise
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Virginia Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Inmates at the Richmond City Jail who were long-term felons awaiting transfer to state facilities alleging that state prisoners incarcerated in local jails do not receive the same rehab programs that are available to prisoners in state institutions
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1982 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion 05/03/1982 (537 F.Supp. 1185) (E.D. Va.)
JC-VA-0007-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Williams, Richard Leroy (E.D. Va.)
JC-VA-0007-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers Gorman, Richard F. III (Virginia)
JC-VA-0007-0001
Hopper, James Walter (Virginia)
JC-VA-0007-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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